3 Singaporeans charged over bribery in Malaysia

SINGAPORE- Three Singaporeans, a Malaysian with Singapore permanent resident status and a Bangladeshi were charged over five separate bribery cases in a Johor Baru court yesterday.

The five men were charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act.

They were charged with offering bribes of between RM50 (S$20) and RM500 to Land Public Transport Commission officers, a traffic police officer and a Johor Baru City Council officer.

Singaporeans Segaran Naidu, 58, and Shaik Mohamed Shaik Zain, 68, Malaysian Goh Siew Guan, 39, and Bangladeshi Shiplu, 23, pleaded guilty to their respective charges, reported Malaysia's The Star. They were each ordered to serve a day's jail and fined RM10,000, in default of six months' imprisonment.

Another Singaporean, Lee Mong Seng, 70, pleaded not guilty to his charge of offering $200 in bribe to an enforcement officer of the transport commission at about 11.20am on Oct 26 for driving a public transport vehicle into Malaysia without a permit. The judge set bail at RM10,000 and fixed Jan 19 for the next mention.

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